Why Do I Need a Listing Agent?

You may be an expert in something, but it probably isn’t real estate; even if you have been through the process as a buyer. Here at Bozeman Brokers, we want you to have the best home selling experience possible! We believe that having individual real estate representation in the selling process helps you to get the most out of the experience. This list is here to clarify some of the ambiguities about using a Realtor as your listing agent.

 

The reasons you should probably use a listing agent-

Negotiation experience

The average years of experience for the Brokers in our office is over 25 years. Our agents are creative problem solvers and their negotiation experience can help guide you to a successful sale of your home.  

Network of trusted vendors, inspectors, lenders, and appraisers

Experienced Realtors have connections with quality vendors, contractors, and inspectors that will help the process move along as smoothly as possible. Agents know the vendor types necessary for a home to be put  into tip-top shape before listing the property.

Full disclosure

One of the largest percentages of lawsuits in real estate occur because of disclosure issues – when a buyer unknowingly adopts undisclosed negative aspects of a home. Experienced Realtors help you navigate disclosure issues prior to the sale of your property and therefore limit your liability. 

Interest advocacy

The top priority of a listing agent is to protect the best interests of the seller. Realtors are their client’s confidants. 

Broker Partner Dan Porter says “A seller or buyer needs to know they can trust their Realtor to represent their interest  with honesty and fairness at all times and maintain their confidence throughout the process.”

Market trend information

Montana is a non-disclosure state. This means Realtor and appraisers are the only professionals with access to real time market data. Third party realty sites like Zillow and Realtor.com do not have access to sales data in the state of Montana. Realtors give sellers a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of their home utilizing up-to-date sales data on the Multiple Listings Service (MLS).

Access to professional marketing materials and personnel

Bozeman Brokers Real Estate has a graphic design and marketing specialist in house. This allows for a timely, customized and professional marketing approach based on the individual needs of each client. 

Peace of mind

Real estate documents are contractual. Experienced Realtors can fully explain your rights and liabilities pertaining to each document in layman’s terms. Listing agent representation gives you access to a database of accurate knowledge enabling a greater understanding of the transaction. 

 

The reasons you may think you don’t need a listing agent but actually do-

“What is the value of a listing agent”

The average consumer does not buy or sell real estate daily. Realtors work on multiple real estate transactions each month. That experience may be the difference between a successful transaction and a legal liability. The experience of a Realtor is showcased in the guiding suggestions and advice prior to listing, while on the market, during prospective negotiations, while the property is under contract, and all the way through closing. 

“Middlemen are unnecessary”

This notion may be a common belief amongst many. In the case of real estate having an expert on your side can make all the difference in the world. 

Broker Partner, Patrick Resop, says “We have outside sources that either buyers and sellers may not be aware of, from lenders to inspectors, to appraisers and so on.  We are a terrific source of information to assist them in ending up with the end result that helps them achieve their goals.” 

“I’m not their only client, they won’t have time for me”

Good Brokers and Realtors are exceptionally talented at juggling multiple clients. In fact, the busiest agents are generally some of the best agents to work with. Our agents are full-time active Brokers in the local real estate market. So yes, we are in the know and we do have time for you.

 

Hopefully this has helped you come to the conclusion best for you, if you are still unsure contact us at the Bozeman Brokers office – 406-587-5900 – or shoot us an email – info@bozemanbrokers.com –  and we can walk you through the next steps of the home selling process.

By: Michaela Sherritt

When is the Best Time to Sell your Home in Bozeman, Montana?

Why Bozeman?

There are many draws to Bozeman that make the city a favorable place to live. Beautiful views, safe neighborhoods, and outdoor activities galore. Yet, average home prices nearly double the national average. Many homeowners are finding that now is the best time to sell and capitalize on the active housing market. Working with a local agent who understands the market is often the best decision to maximize your profits.

Seller or Buyers Market

Selling your home at the right time can maximize the price of your property. Zillow.com suggests that we are currently in a seller’s market, but when should you expect to sell your home for the maximum value? What time of the year is most optimal to sell your home the fastest? Let’s look at some data and speed up your sale.

Bozeman Growth

Gallatin County is growing at a rate of nearly 10 new residents a day. It is growing faster than any other city in the state of Montana. From 2012 to 2018 Bozeman has grown 24% adding another 22,225 residents within city limits alone. Bozeman also has the strongest economy among cities its size across the United States, according to a Policom poll. This economic and population growth makes for a better market to sell your home.

Bozeman Home Prices

We are currently in a great seller’s market, with national trends rising steadily since 2012. From January 2019 to November 2019, Bozeman’s median single-family home prices rose ~ 7.23%, from $429,000 and rose to ~$460,000 by late November 2019. During the same timeframe, housing in Gallatin County saw an increase from $517,000 to ~$555,500.

Best Time to Sell in Bozeman

We’ve addressed the market, but when is the right time to sell your home in Bozeman? National trends suggest that February provides the strongest seller’s market, year-over-year. However, volatile Montana winters make February a very difficult month to prep your home for sale. Data from Realtor.com suggests that April is the best month to sell your Bozeman home, followed by March (2nd) and May(3rd).

There are some great benefits to selling your Bozeman home in the spring. Warmer temperatures make cleaning and prepping your home easier. Commuting to view homes is safer. Landscapes are starting to flourish. With 14x more property views and 5% less competition, you could sell your home up to 6 days earlier.

Let us help you sell your Bozeman real estate property this spring. Our brokers give you the advantage of experience and knowledge to provide you with successful negotiation and a smooth transaction. We pride ourselves on having well established, educated and experienced brokers.

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Bozeman Brokers Real Estate

1745 South 19th Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59718

406.587.5900
info@bozemanbrokers.com